Everything has a season, even the most venerable Linux command line utilities. Several long lived and faithful Linux commands have been given upgrades with modern alternatives which offer new features and aestethics.
One of the nicer new utilities ‘htop’, is an upgrade for the top system monitoring program, featuring colorized components, separate status and process detail screen areas, and control via old school TUI.
Opensource.com explores a few more modern command line utility alternatives…
In our daily use of Linux/Unix systems, we use many command-line tools to complete our work and to understand and manage our systems—tools like
duto monitor disk utilization and
topto show system resources. Some of these tools have existed for a long time. For example,
topwas first released in 1984, while
du‘s first release dates to 1971.